Basket, originally used for food. Text: Georg Noack.
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Bontoc; Cordilleras; Luzon; Malay Archipelago
Height: 8.7cm Diameter: 22.7 cm
William P. Wilson, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, attended the Chicago World's Fair and suggested the creation of a permanent World's Fair museum on the uses of international trade. He bought a large part of the exhibits of the world exhibition for a newly established "Commercial Museum" in Philadelphia, which opened four years later. The purpose of this museum was similar to that of the Linden Museum founded by Graf von Linden in Stuttgart, which was first conceived in 1889 and financed at the time by the Württemberg Association for Commercial Geography. Wilson soon proposed a swap relationship between the two houses from Linden. After the US conquest of the Philippines, the US government appointed Wilson, along with Gustav Niederlein, to a board of trustees to prepare a Philippine exhibition for the 1904 World's Fair, which was supposed to provide a public justification for the Americans' "civilizing mission" in the Philippines . They showed cordillers and members of other indigenous groups in a people show and had them perform rituals and dances for visitors to the world exhibition. Wilson was initially appointed chairman of the board of trustees, but was later dismissed because the government was not satisfied with his work. However, he was able to secure some exhibits for his museum and his barter partners, including for Graf von Linden. This object sent Wilson Graf von Linden after the end of the exhibition. Text: Georg Noack.
Translated from German by Google Translate. Record accessed November 2021.
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